One really cool new product is Sachtler’s SOOM, a multifunctional camera support system for Mini DV to HDV camcorders. The - system is composed of three parts: a center column, a tripod and a spreader. I think the benefit of this product is that it’s a one-stop shop, so to speak. It has four configurations:
- The system can be used as a tripod with a 75mm bowl, ready to be mated to a Sachtler FSB or other fluid head. In this configuration, the SOOM TriPod features single-stage legs providing a vertical height range from 27in to 56in.
- For more height, it transforms into the HiPod via its integrated center column, the SOOM Tube, capable of telescoping vertically to a variable lens height of over 8ft.
- For going low, the TriSpread mid-level spreader sports its own 75mm bowl. When it is removed from the standard tripod, it becomes a single-stage baby tripod with a height range of 8in to 19in.
- Lastly, there is also a monopod configuration. The telescoping center column, the SOOM Tube, quickly removes from the tripod to function as a monopod, sporting a height range from 34in to 62in. A fold-away foot bracket allows the operator to firmly secure its base to the floor.
This system can be used in the studio or on-location, and it’s easy to transport.
Also new was the Vinten Radamec Fusion FH100 robotic and manual head, designed for use as a standalone system or for integration with the Fusion FP145 robotic pedestal and the Fusion FBH175 bolt-on height drive. With a payload of up to 55kg, it can be used in either manual or robotic mode.